Teddy Bear Clinic

Madison Memorial Hospital Teddy Bear Clinic
Teddy Bear Clinic held at Madison Memorial Hospital

Students Learn Through the Experience of Their Teddy Bear


Madison Memorial invited all the elementary schools within the hospital’s service area to have their second-graders attend as a field-trip. Parents were also welcome to meet students at the hospital or arrange with their child’s teacher to accompany them on the field-trip.


The purpose of the Teddy Bear Clinic is to provide an educational opportunity for students and help increase their comfort within a medical setting. Students will learn about health, poison control, immunizations, DARE and numerous safety and medical issues that are experienced by their stuffed animal as a patient.

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Highlights of the Clinic will include a tour through the Emergency Room, a climb inside an ambulance, hand washing, and many more information-packed stations. Numerous staff and volunteers were there to assist and ensure a positive experience. Each child received a bag with a coloring book, snack, and other informative health-related materials to remind them of their visit and to share with their parents.


This event is was sponsored by Madison Memorial Hospital, The Madison Memorial Hospital Foundation, and the Upper Valley Women’s Auxiliary. The Teddy Bear Clinic is also being supported by many businesses in the community. For more information about this event, contact Doug McBride at (208) 359-9817.


MRI Update

Madison Memorial ADDs Breakthrough MRI Scanner 



Madison Memorial Hospital adds breakthrough MR scanner to boost image clarity, exam speed, and patient comfort


Rexburg, Idaho, Madison Memorial Hospital today confirmed that the “Go Live” date for their new MRI scanner will be June 3, 2013.  Patients and physicians will now have access to the first-ever digital broadband magnetic resonance imaging system: the Ingenia 1.5T from Philips Healthcare. According to hospital spokesman Doug McBride, “This is the first to be implemented in southeastern Idaho.  There are currently only 2 other units in Idaho, both based in Boise.”

This revolutionary machine is designed to quickly perform high-quality MR scans with a high level of patient comfort. It can significantly reduce exam time and has a wide opening to accommodate patients of varying size, age, and physical condition. This makes it less confining due to a larger 70cm bore rather than the previous 60cm opening.   In fact, most scans can be performed with the patient’s head entirely out of the opening, creating a better patient experience.  Patients will be able to select the ambient color for their room lighting and select their favorite music to listen to while being treated.

This new system incorporates a number of breakthrough technologies designed to deliver exceptional image clarity. It quickly provides radiologists and physicians with precise, detailed MR images needed to help confidently diagnose many different anatomical and structural problems in the body—including brain and nervous system disorders, cardiovascular disease, and organ disease.

“It gives our radiologists and referring physician’s access to the highest-quality images available, which assists them in making informed diagnoses. This new MRI is a win-win for our clinicians and our patients,

To learn more about MR imaging at Madison Memorial Hospital call Radiology at (208)359-6510.

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